Michael Alan: 2021 An Exploration January 7th – January 31st, 2021
Michael Alan: 2021 An Exploration
January 7th – January 31st, 2021
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 7th, 2021, 6.00-9.30 pm
523 E 12th Street, New York City, 10009 (btwn Avenue A and Avenue B)
Instagrams: @212arts and @michaelalanalien
212 Arts is pleased to present a powerful solo exhibition of new works from Michael Alan entitled “2021 An Exploration”. His new series seeks to explore life and mortality through the lens of dark comedy while subtly referencing street culture as experienced by a native viewing New York’s changing landscape. Created in the 30 days leading up to his exhibit, the scope of work includes anatomy drawings, baseball card paintings, mixed media works, embellished digital prints, and the first edition of silkscreen prints of his signature white line work on black paper all of which speak to the dynamism of life in New York.
For Michael Alan, art is a combination of harmonious opposites, close observation, catharsis, a means of communication and a radical juxtaposition of dimensional elements. He challenges everything: concepts of figure, composition, media and movement, including the language of drawing. Exploring the ambiguity of time and history, Alan’s work focuses on translating energy into images.
Alan was born in the summer of 1977, in Bushwick during the New York City blackout. His work has been featured in 16 New York solo shows, over 200 group shows, and over 300 Living Installations. His work has been discussed in over 600 publications, books and media sources, including the New York Times film and print, The Huffington Post, Bomb Magazine, Art 21, NBC’s Today Show, Marie Claire Italia, Frank 151, Art+Auction, the New York Post, the Village Voice’s “Best in Show”, The Creator’s Project, Art Forum, the Gothamist, Time Out New York, Vice, Frame, American Artist, Animal, Hyperallergic, Curbs and Stoops, GQ, architectural digest, Bust, vogue, NY Art news, and many more.